Chief Minister Omar Abdullah accused the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deceiving the people of Jammu, at a function organised by the power development department for the modernisation of supply in the Jammu region, on Monday.
BJP members of legislative assembly (MLA) and independent MLA Ashwini Sharma who were present at the function started raising slogans against the government for power outages in the city. Former member of legislative council (MLC) and leader of National Conference (NC) Kashmira Singh confronted the protesting MLAs, causing the CM to launch a tirade against the state BJP unit.
Accusing the BJP of misleading the people, he said, "Had these people been so loyal, they would not have indulged in cross-voting in the MLC elections, thus ensuring the victory of NC-Congress alliance candidate."
In the MLC elections of 2010, BJP secured fewer votes than the total 11 MLAs in the assembly. The party then suspended seven MLAs over these allegations. It recently revoked the suspension of all except former union minister Chaman Lal Gupta.
"In the last four years, the sole objective of the suspended BJP MLAs was to somehow avoid disqualification which would have deprived them of privileges such as cars with beacon, government accommodation and the status," added the CM.
He also accused the BJP members of trying to get elected by taking advantage of the "Modi wave".
Referring to MLA Ashok Khajuria, the CM said, "A person by wearing Pagri (headgear) only cannot become a custodian of the people of Jammu." He also alleged that Khajuria used to go the CM and his father, Farooq Abdullah (NC president), for favors like "transferring officials, admissions, jobs for relatives and other petty benefits."